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Welcome to the Future: Asia-Pacific Largest Market

Yes, it’s sweet: Asia-Pacific market leads. As you’ve surely heard by now, IATA says the Asia-Pacific region has usurped North America to claim the number spot as the largest aviation market. IATA says carriers in Asia-Pacific flew 647 million passengers within the region compared to North America’s 638 million in its region (that means wholly […]

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Emirates A380 to MEL by April (Updated)

Taken by AirSpace user dream An otherwise mundane statement by the University of Melbourne announcing a new travel agreement with Emirates breaks the news Emirates will–finally–send the A380 to Melbourne (emphasis added): Emirates spokesperson Stephen Holl said that the airline operatesthree daily flights ex Melbourne to Dubai using their Airbus A340-500and Boeing 777-300 aircraft with […]

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Jetstar’s SIN Decision Only the Beginning

Jetstar will base A330s (above, seen in Sydney) in Singapore for long-haul operations to Europe and other points in Asia. On Thursday Jetstar announced Singapore would be its main Asian hub. At a general level, this means Singapore and Kuala Lumpur (home to AirAsia X), separated by a mere 185 miles, will be the hotbed […]

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Air NZ Unveils ‘Lie-Flat’ in Y. Surprise? No.

The Air NZ “Skycouch” in economy The web is swarming with the news Air New Zealand will offer a “lie-flat” product in economy (more on the quotation marks/inverted commas in a bit). But is this a surprise? Not really.The rumour mill for a good year has been humming that Air NZ was looking at a […]

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AAPA Bashes Security to Downplay Qantas Withdrawl?

Normally press releases are saccharine, but this release from theAssociation of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) is a sharp missive. Itcalls out America’s decision to introduce a heightened screeningregiment to individuals traveling from, or residents of certaincountries.AAPA says the new procedure “borders on the absurd”.It observes, “There is always political pressure to react, but thisoften smacks […]

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AirAsia and Jetstar Want A320/B737 Replacement Designed Around Low-Cost Needs

Photos: Author   The new non-equity joint venture between low-cost carriers AirAsia and Jetstar will further push aircraft manufacturers to design aircraft around the needs of low-cost carriers, instead of just full-service carriers.   Amongst other initiatives in the JV’s first phase of driving costs down in order to offer lower fares, AirAsia and Jetstar […]

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Is Anyone Thinking? JAL May Lose International Flights

Sunset on JAL or mere hot air? AirSpace user Japan’s Mainichi Daily News is reporting the Japanese government has discussed transferring all of JAL’s international routes to ANA. JAL, currently Asia’s largest carrier (and flies to Brisbane and Sydney), would only operate domestic fights.This is huge news but is being treated with the same […]

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Tonight: A380 Inaugural Flight to Antarctica

Antarctica, as seen from a previous Qantas 747-400 sightseeing trip. (Croydon Travel) In two hours at 6:10 PM Australian eastern time, a Qantas A380 charted by Croydon Travel will depart Melbourne as QF 2903 for a 12 hour sightseeing trip to Antarctica. It will be the first time an A380 has been in the south […]

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